Friday, December 6, 2013

Finding the Community I Never Knew I Wanted {Tiny Steps Mommy}

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I started Tiny Steps Mommy alone in front of my computer, but I discovered that no one can do anything alone and be successful. We all need support. We all need a community. And I am so thrilled to be part of a community of local women who understand, guide, and teach me everyday. I was always a joiner. In high school, I was an over-joiner. I participated in everything from cheerleading and drama to student government and clubs like Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD). In college, I was editor of the student newspaper and I even briefly joined a sorority. Interestingly, once I finished college and became a Mom, I didn’t think about joining anything. I was always too busy managing my day-to-day life. I occasionally volunteer as team mom for my son’s sports teams and I sometimes volunteer in the classroom, but I never participate in my community association and I am basically just a dues paying member of our PTA. I didn’t think I needed or wanted a community outside of my family and small group of friends. 

I realize how wrong I was. It is something I was missing and I didn’t know it. Thanks to some amazing local moms with a shared entrepreneurial spirit, I have discovered a new community. These women, many of whom I met online, are extremely supportive and generous. They understand what it is like to be a mother, but to need an outlet. They understand how to offer advice and share everything they have learned in order to help the newer members of this “club.” They are quick to offer kind words and tell you that “Moms Rock.” They give you the encouragement to keep going or in my case, keep writing. "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space." He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. 

Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. - Albert Einstein If you are feeling like an island onto yourself, then open yourself up to new possibilities. Trust that little voice in your head and take a chance. You may be surprised to learn that what you never knew you wanted is waiting right around the corner. Do you belong to a community{Like the Virginia Blogger's Club}? Please share your experiences?

Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and child care business owner who lives in Annandale, VA with her husband and four children. Nicole writes about family, life, parenting, and caring for children on her heartfelt blog Tiny Steps Mommy. She also enjoys connecting with her growing community of friends on the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook page.

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